Bajrang Punia is among the greatest names in Indian wrestling and a medal hopeful on the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The 27-year-old wrestler from Haryana is among the frontrunners to interrupt a nine-year-old Olympic medal drought in wrestling.
Punia has been upping the ante with a powerful and strict coaching routine at Vladikavkaz in Russia. He confronted points find a sparring companion in India for his coaching. Bajrang Punia’s sparring companion Jitender Kumar was affected by an damage whereas wrestlers from international nations had journey restrictions imposed on them because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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It was then when Bajrang Punia selected to journey to Russia and put together for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The grappler took half within the Ali Aliev Memorial match in Kaspiysk in Russia, the place a leg damage within the semi-finals threatened to disrupt his preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.
Nevertheless, Bajrang Punia has overcome the damage scare and is again to an intense coaching schedule.
Bajrang Punia trains with a few of the finest
Other than getting again on observe along with his coaching, Bajrang Punia has additionally educated with certainly one of his opponents within the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Vazgen Tevanyan. The 21-year-old is taken into account to be certainly one of Bajrang Punia’s hardest opponents and could possibly be standing between the Indian grappler and a podium end.
Tevanyan has been in good kind within the final couple of years. He has gained the Particular person World Cup and topped the charts on the European Olympic qualification match.
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Coaching with Tevanyan might be a superb transfer for Bajrang as he has been discovered wanting throughout leg assaults prior to now. Coaching with an Olympic opponent will put Bajrang in good stead forward of the match.
Bajrang Punia’s coach Shako Bentinidis make clear the grappler’s coaching and stated his stint in Russia was an enriching one.
“Coaching has been going good. We have now realized loads in our time right here. The damage was slightly setback however we targeted on weight coaching throughout that interval,” Shako Bentinidis advised Sportskeeda.
Talking about Bajrang Punia’s coaching with Vazgen Tevanyan, Shako Bentindis stated:
“Tevanyan is an efficient wrestler. He might be competing on the Tokyo Olympics too. It was good we educated with him.”
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 commences on July 24 whereas the wrestling occasions begin on August 6. Bajrang Punia and his group will wrap up their coaching within the subsequent 10 days and journey to Tokyo from Russia.
“We’ll depart for Moscow on July 24 and for the Tokyo Olympics on July 26,” Bajrang Punia’s coach Shako Bentinidis confirmed.
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